How much will I pay for Prop 2?

Property tax assessments are based not on Market Value but Appraised Value. A property that sells for $500,000 (Market Value) is likely to have a taxable (Appraised Value) closer to $350,000.

Look up your Appraised Value with the Whatcom County Property Tax and Valuation Database:

Property owners pay $0.11 per $1,000 Assessed Value annually.

Example property: 3 bd 2 ba on Comox Rd, Birch Bay Village – Sold 6/2021
Example Market Value$570,000
Appraised/Taxable Value$300,600
$0.11 per $1,000 – Annual Cost$33.01
Monthly Cost$2.75

Example property: 4 Bd 3 Ba on W Gold Course Dr. in Sea Links – Sold 12/2020
Example Market Value$508,000
Appraised/Taxable Value$343,000
$0.11 per $1,000 – Annual Cost$37.73
Monthly Cost$3.14

Property Tax Exemption & Relief Programs

Senior Citizen & Disabled Person Tax Relief

If you are a senior citizen or disabled person with your residence in Washington State you may qualify for a property tax reduction under the property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled persons.

There are four eligibility requirements:

  1. At least 61 years of age -or- unable to work because of a disability
  2. Own your home
  3. Property must be your principal place of residence
  4. Household income does not exceed $42,043

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Tax Assistance for Widows or Widowers of Veterans

If you are a senior citizen or disabled person whose primary residence is in Washington State and you are a widow or widower of a qualifying veteran, Department of Revenue may have a program to help you pay for your property taxes.

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Home Improvement Exemption

If you improve your single family residence by remodeling or other improvements, you may apply for a 3-year exemption from taxes on the value of the physical improvement

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Why Build a Library in Birch Bay?

Build the community we aspire to be: Birch Bay and surrounding areas are changing rapidly. This is a truly rare opportunity to build the future we want and to express the values central to our community: comradery, a love of place, joy, trust, curiosity, equitable access to information, respect for the past and hope for the future. Let’s create a place where everyone who calls Birch Bay home can thrive, together.

A project that benefits everyone: A library – a building open to all – provides opportunities for interaction, entertainment and education. It is a rare structure that fosters community and collaboration.

Open, accessible and free to all, a Birch Bay Library will be a welcoming space with critical resources for young people (teen librarians will become important mentors; reading programs are proven to help children succeed in school); for older people who may be socially isolated; for people who are new to the area; for economically disadvantaged people; for families; for business owners; for job seekers. For us all. Let’s create a place that builds bonds and community.

Now is the time: The library site was purchased just before local land and housing prices began to skyrocket. The site is now worth 35% more than when it was purchased in 2017. This is the single best opportunity we have to build social infrastructure on a site that represents the best of Birch Bay. This land could have become a private residence, hotel or other private enterprise. Instead, we have a chance to build a public space open to all. Let’s create a once-in-a-lifetime gathering place while we can.